NCAA levies sanctions, including postseason ban, against football program

The University has received the NCAA’s ruling regarding violations involving its football program. Following an investigation conducted jointly by the NCAA and the University, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions levied sanctions beyond those self imposed by the University. The University will not appeal the decision.

The penalties in this case include:

• Public reprimand and censure

• Three years of probation from March 12, 2012, through March 11, 2015 (UNC self-imposed two years of probation)

• Three-year show-cause penalty for a former assistant football coach prohibiting any recruiting activity

• Postseason ban for the 2012 football season

• Reduction of football scholarships by a total of 15 during three academic years

• Vacation of wins during the 2008 and 2009 seasons (self-imposed by the University)

• $50,000 fine (self-imposed by the University)

• Disassociation of both the former tutor and former student-athlete who served as an agent runner (self-imposed by the University)

“We approached this investigation the way that you would expect of Carolina – thoughtfully, thoroughly and with full cooperation – and that was the right thing to do,” said Chancellor Holden Thorp. “We self-imposed a number of penalties in the fall that we thought were appropriate based on the facts in our case. The NCAA has given us additional penalties, and the sanctions are more severe than we expected. The ruling is disappointing for our new coaching staff and our student-athletes.”

Thorp, Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham, former Director of Athletics Dick Baddour, Football Coach Larry Fedora and UNC President Tom Ross issued statements about the NCAA decision. Click here for more information about the NCAA ruling.

Published March 12, 2012.